A while ago I won a little gift card to Pier 1 in a giveaway. Trying to make the most of my money I picked up a lot of discounted and nicked items. This mirror was really supposed to be a candle garden but for $17 (discounted) and a good size I thought I could turn it into a killer mirror. It's been hanging around the house collecting dust for a while and yesterday I decided to finally transform it into the spectacular sunburst mirror I knew it wanted to be.
Ok. So here is where things turned a little sour.
I've tried it a few times before and just because I ended up with piles of broken mirrored glass then doesn't mean I can't improve, right? I'm handy, I'll learn. Well, I improved some. I got four sunbursts out of two 99 cents only mirrors which is a little better than my past attempts. But if I hadn't messed it up so miserably those two mirrors should have yielded about 20 sunbursts. The discarded pile above is only about half of the finished size.
So I added yet another pile of shattered mirror to my collection in the garage and gave up on the sunbursts. They are really overdone anyway, I told myself. But I still like them.
I didn't have a plan B ready at the time. Then I stumbled upon a pile of brass cups in my craft room that were left over from my brass deer statue who used to be a candle holder. The little brass cups used to hold candles on top of his antlers. I started playing around with them on the mirror.
This is what they look like inside, and you can also see the original finish of the mirror frame here. I actually liked the look of the frame, but the color wouldn't really work in the bathroom. So I figured I'd solve that with some puffy paint.
I glued down the brass cups around the frame, trying to space them evenly (I used E6000 for this step). And then I used a bottle of Tulip metallic gold puffy paint I had on hand and put lots and lots of tiny puff dots all over the mirror frame.
By the way, this is what that wall looked like before the mirror went up. I was never very happy with that feather thing, it didn't quite turn out the way I hoped (it'll go to live in our bedroom now, behind the door).
And here are some more after pictures (more pics of the bathroom can be found here and here).
Look at me smiling for the camera :)
To me this mirror looks like a million bucks and, not counting my first failed attempt at making it beautiful, it only cost $17, some time and the on-hand brass cups and gold puffy paint. This project really makes me want to gold puffy paint more things in my life! How many objects do you think I can get away with? :)
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